GLASGOW — Before this season, Glasgow sophomore Seth Medford hadn't played goalkeeper at the high school level.
On Thursday, Medford and the Scotties' defense shutout their third straight opponent as Glasgow beat LaRue County 6-0. It was the Scotties' second win over the Hawks in the past week, as Glasgow defeated LaRue County on the road Saturday 9-0.
Medford was a forward and a midfielder for Glasgow (6-2) last season, but he's stepped in where needed this year and that's been at keeper.
"It's an experience because I'm used to playing the field, but I really like it," he said.
Grant Gatlin gave Glasgow a first-half lead when his shot off his right foot found the back of the net about 10 minutes into the game. Glasgow continued to push forward for more goals, but LaRue County wouldn't allow the Scotties a second goal over the first 40 minutes.
Glasgow coach Ken Mahung said the Scotties' play was a little shaky in the first half.
"In the first half, they decided instead of running the Glasgow boys' soccer program system, they made up their own," Mahung said. "We talked about it at halftime, and they said we're going to play the system. And, of course, they did in the second half and you saw the results."
Edson Lopez scored a goal with 29 minutes to play in the game and gave Glasgow a 2-0 lead that they would not relinquish. Jackson Bower and Yahir Molina added two more goals soon thereafter to give the Scotties a sizable advantage.
Glasgow also kept LaRue County from getting anything going on offense over the final 40 minutes.
"The defense did start off really rough, then we picked it up in the second half and they didn't get as many shots as they did in the first half," Medford said.
Gatlin scored his second goal of the night on a nice assist from Lopez, who crossed a pass into the box for the sophomore.
Molina finished the scoring in style with a pretty shot off his left foot that whizzed by the keeper for a 6-0 lead.
Gatlin credits productive practices for the results Glasgow has been earning recently. Thursday marked the Scotties' fourth straight win.
"You just have to put the work in and keep your mind right, and it pays off," he said.
Glasgow starts multiple freshmen and sophomores on defense, and Mahung said it's taken some time for them to adjust to varsity level soccer. But Mahung added that the Scotties' defensive unit has shown great progress in recent matches.
Sophomore Andres Ramirez, a midfielder and defender, said cohesion is a major reason for the improvement in Glasgow's defense.
"We've got each other's back. We play together," he said.
Glasgow will compete in the 4th Region All 'A' Classic on Saturday. The Scotties first match is against Russellville at 11 a.m. at Russellville High School.